I’m a big Firefox fan and always have been. Â Today I finally downloaded Google’s new browser, Chrome. Â It came with with my download of Google Earth and I thought that it would be unfair not to try it and open myself to something new. Â Keep in mind that I am downloading it on my brand new Lenovo Ideapad which is not known for it’s speed.Â I think of it as a hybrid between the iPhone and a traditional laptop.
As soon I launched the browser I noticed that it is considerably fast. Â Faster than Firefox…
I pointed my browser to a couple of my own sites, both static and dynamic, and the load time is still noticeably quick!
Being a minimalist kind of guy, I appreciated the simple, clean style of my window to the internet. Â No sub-bars to take up my precious internet real estate.Â I’m going to try it out on my Dell Latitude and Mac Mini.Â Details coming soon…
Here is a distilled list of pros and cons that I found on PCWorld.com:
Seven Reasons Chrome Could Be Cool
1. It won’t crash.
Perhaps Chrome’s biggest draw is its multiprocess architecture, which, in a nutshell, protects you from having a bad Web page or application take your browser down.
2. It’s really fast.
Again because of the multiprocess foundation, one slow site won’t drag down the rest of your browsing.
3. You barely notice it’s there.
The program barely looks like a program, and the vast majority of your screen space is devoted to the site you’re visiting–with no buttons or logos hogging space.
4. It makes searching simpler.
One of Chrome’s signature features is its Omnibox, an integrated all-purpose bar at the top of the browser.
5. It gives you more control over tabs.
Chrome gives the idea of tabbed browsing new power. You can grab a tab and drag it out into its own individual window. Or you can drag and drop tabs into existing windows to combine them.
6. It opens new doors on your home page.
Chrome comes with a default dynamic home page. As you use it, the program remembers the sites that you visit most often.
7. It lets you stay incognito.
LikeÂ Internet Explorer 8’s recent beta release, Chrome offers a private browsing option–one it calls Incognito.
Seven Chrome-Related Concerns
1. It’s only in its first beta.
This is Chrome’s first test release, so problems are bound to crop up over the coming months.
2. You won’t have any add-ons.
Add-ons are a huge draw for Firefox fans, and none of these are available in Chrome yet.
3. You can’t synchronize.
One big plus of Firefox is its ability to synchronize across multiple computers using Mozilla’s Weave option.
4. You may draw the short stick on standards.
Standards get a little less standard as this new player enters the equation. It’s based onÂ WebKit, the same open-source system that drives Apple’s Safari; but when you look at pages in Chrome compared to pages in Firefox or IE, you’ll notice a difference in text formatting.
5. You’re giving advertisers extra ammo.
Have you seen allÂ the hype about Google’s privacy practices and how much of your data it shares with advertisers? Imagine the potential ammo you’re giving it by using this browser.
6. The dropdown bar is dropped.
The idea of the URL dropdown bar is dropped in Chrome. To compensate, the browser offers “intelligent” features in its Omnibox; but if you like being able to see your recent URLs at the click of a button, you’ll miss the dropdown bar.
7. You lose some history power.
Chrome’s History functions are less versatile than the powerhouse ones built by Firefox.